The Kerala Story Box Office Collection Day 1: Adah Sharma’s Film Becomes One Of The Biggest Openers Of 2023
The Kerala Story, starring Adah Sharma and written and directed by Sudipto Sen, has remained in the limelight ever since its controversial trailer was unveiled by the makers. The movie is based on the forced conversion of non-Muslim girls in Kerala. It was accused of “falsely claiming” that 32,000 women got radicalised and were deployed in terror missions. While the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) found it suitable for public exhibition, a string of petitions demanding a stay on its release were filed.
Adah’s controversial film, which arrived in the theatres on May 5 amid controversy, reportedly managed to rake in Rs 7.50-8 crore on the opening day. With this, the multi-lingual movie recorded the fifth-highest opening for a Hindi film in 2023.
Now, it will be interesting to see if positive word of mouth helps the film break records at the box office. For now, it is looking good for Sudipto Sen’s The Kerala Story.
The other biggest openers of this year are superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan (Rs 55 crore), Salman Khan-starrer Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan (Rs 15.81 crore), Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor’s romance drama TJMM (Rs 15.7 crore), and Ajay Devgn’s Bholaa (Rs 11.20 crore).
It is worth noting that 2023 has not been a great year for Hindi-language films. Much-hyped masala entertainers like Shehzada starring Kartik Aaryan and Akshay Kumar-Emraan Hashmi flick Selfiee had also not had an opening day as good as Adah’s The Kerala Story.